Parents

Started on the right path.

Choosing an early care and education program is the first investment parents make in their child's future. That's why more than 10,000 parents a year seek help from us in making this important decision.
For example, Sherry, a local single mom.

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For Parents and Guardians

Debra S. Fish Library

Think Small is home to the Debra S. Fish Early Childhood Library. You will find over 5,500 exceptional early childhood materials on a variety of topics: child development and learning, the business of child care, parenting, and much more.

Materials include training DVDs; curriculum and products approved by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Parent Aware, and other organizations; story kits; and Shaken Baby Syndrome and SIDS materials required for certification. Many of the resources are available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, and other languages.

Visit us during business hours, call the library at 651-641-3544, or email the librarian for assistance.

 

Catalog

All materials in the Debra S. Fish Library collection are searchable through your local library catalog and the following:

Search the catalog
This takes you to the St. Paul Public Library (SPPL) Collection where you can search for materials by Author, Title, Subject, and more.

MnLINK Minnesota's Online Library
A single point of entry into Minnesota's catalogs.

Borrowing Materials

Materials can be checked out at Think Small and through your local library! A current library card is all that's required.

Non-St. Paul card holders: The first time you use your local library card in the St. Paul system you will need to present your library card, along with a picture ID with your name and current address or a picture ID and a piece of recently posted mail with your current address. After that you need only present your card.

Residents of cities or counties whose libraries are served by MELSA also may use their library cards. Bring in your library card, along with a picture ID with your name and current address or a picture ID and a piece of recently posted mail with your current address.

Obtaining a Library Card

Library cards are free. If you do not have a library card in your home system, you may apply for one at any SPPL. You will need the following documentation: picture ID with your name and current address or a picture ID and a piece of recently posted mail with your current address.  Elsewhere in Minnesota, ask your local library for instructions.

Most library card registrations are good for two years. After two years, you will need to re-register your card by verifying your address with one of the identification options listed above. Registrations for non-Minnesota residents are good for one year. Library cards with Teacher status are good through the school year and need to be re-registered each August.

If you lose your library card and need a new one, the charge for a replacement card is $1.00. Bring a picture ID and a piece of recently posted mail to any library branch.